Linda Pereira

Owner, CPL Events

Linda Pereira is the senior partner and CEO of the L&I Communications Group. In addition to her long and respected career as one of the most influential voices in the Meeting Industry, she is also Executive Director of CPL Meetings & Events. Respected internationally as a speaker, writer and as an educator, she has been an invited speaker in over 143 cities and all continents. She has played an active role in many major events and bids for world events. She is also an invited lecturer at three different international Universities where she lectures strategic meetings management. Linda is also a consultant to a variety of international Governments and associations.

In 2008 she was considered one of Portugal’s five most influential people in the industry and received the annual education award from USA-based IAHMP. In 2009 she received the medal of honour for responsible entrepreneurship for her commitment to promoting culture and heritage and for CSR initiatives. In 2012 she was voted one of world’s top 100 PCOs for the third year running and was listed among the top 100 Women CEOs of ecommerce companies by WE magazine from the USA. In 2014 she was voted the Events Personality of the Year in Portugal and received the Global Marketing Personality Award from WE Magazine in the USA. In 2015 she was elected president of the Global Council for Women in Leadership. She is currently special advisor to the Minister for the Economy of Cape Verde and sits on the Advisory Council for the Leader Magazine and the Venues of Excellence Certification Board.


Rob Davidson

Managing Director, MICE Knowledge

Rob Davidson is the Managing Director of MICE Knowledge, a consultancy specialising in research, education and training services for the meetings and events industry. His main areas of expertise are conferences and incentive travel, and he has written seven books on these themes, including his latest publication, Business Events. He has carried out research projects for a number of major organisations including the Poland Convention Bureau, the Ireland National Tourism Development Authority, and the Society for Incentive Travel Excellence.

Rob teaches as a Visiting Professor in five European universities.
In 2016, he won the Best Conference Speaker award at the Global Event Awards.
In 2017, he was awarded the Lifetime Achievement Award at the IBTM WORLD exhibition in Barcelona.

Adam Rowledge

Managing Director, „Rowledge Associates“, England

Adam is on a mission to inspire and support organisations to adopt a people-first approach to success by sharing his tools and techniques to ensure that your team are engaged and performing at their best. His always animated and interactive presentations have inspired groups of 5 to 500, from Brighton to Belgrade and back via Barcelona.

Entertaining and engaging, he isn’t just an award-winning former five-star hotelier, he’s people-focused leader inspiring everyone from students to CEOs to achieve excellence and success by putting people first. For nearly 20 years, Adam enjoyed a successful career in the hotel industry, working at several five-star hotels. Named Independent Hotelier of the Year in 2018 and British Travel & Hospitality Hall of Fame Young Manager of the Year in 2017, coupled with Best Management Strategy (recruitment, development and retention) at the 2018 Springboard Awards for Excellence he certainly has the credentials.